How to Fight Sugar Cravings & Protect Your Teeth
Some days they start small and grow stronger as time goes on. Other days they hit you out of nowhere, like a freight train in the middle of the night. Sugar cravings. They are powerful and hard to avoid, but they can have a detrimental effect on the health of your teeth.
If you find yourself constantly at war with sugar cravings, we have some tips on how to fight back and protect your teeth, without completely depriving yourself in the process. Take a look and then give us a call at 413-241-3995 to schedule your preventive dentistry visit to Dores Dental in East Longmeadow, MA.
Reach for Chewing Gum
If you don’t already, keep a pack (or two) of sugar-free gum on you at all times. You might be surprised to learn about all the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum. Not only can chewing gum reduce cravings, but it is useful for helping to keep your mouth clean. Chewing gum encourages the production of saliva. Saliva helps wash away bacteria and leftover food particles, while reducing the acids that cling to teeth and wear away tooth enamel.
Brush and Floss Your Teeth
Another technique that could work to help you fight your sugar cravings is to brush and floss your teeth. Whenever you start to crave an unhealthy sweet, take a trip to the restroom and clean your teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth will distract you from your craving and you will be less likely to indulge in an unhealthy treat after just cleaning your teeth.
Reexamine Your Diet
Often, when a sudden craving hits, it can be your body’s way of telling you it needs certain nutrients. If you are constantly being hit with cravings, it could be a sign you should reexamine your diet. Are you getting the vitamins and minerals your body needs? Are you eating a variety of fruits and vegetables? Are you eating enough protein?
If your diet is lacking proper nutrients, you are more susceptible to cravings. You are also at a higher risk of developing oral health problems and other health issues. Try to follow a more balanced diet that is rich in natural, whole foods, and be amazed at what it will do for your sugar cravings.
Substitute with Healthy Alternatives
It’s important to practice moderation. There is nothing wrong with indulging your sweet tooth now and then, but you shouldn’t give in every time a craving hits. To keep things more balanced, try substituting healthy alternatives that still feel like a treat, without damaging your teeth or overall health. You can make your own healthier ice cream by pureeing bananas, mango, or other fruits. Another way to satisfy your sweet craving is with yogurt. Reach for yogurts that are low in sugar and add fresh fruit, nuts, or coconut chips to sweeten it up and add flavor. You may be surprised to discover how delicious some healthy alternatives can be.
To learn more about how you can keep your mouth healthy and avoid the oral health effects of eating too much sugar, call 413-241-3995 to schedule your visit to Dores Dental in East Longmeadow, MA. We’ll keep you smiling bid through every stage of life.